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Polanco has successful surgery on left elbow

Polanco has successful surgery on left elbow

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Friday that third baseman Placido Polanco had successful surgery on his left elbow.

Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti removed spurs from the elbow and performed a debridement and repair of the lateral extensor tendon. Polanco will have follow-up appointments with Ciccotti over the next several weeks.

"It went very well and we are fully expecting Placido to be 100 percent by Spring Training," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "We hope to have him swinging the bat again within 10 weeks, around early January."

Polanco played through pain most of the season because of the elbow problems and he had four cortisone injections during the year to keep him on the field. He hit .298 with six home runs and 52 RBIs in 554 at-bats. He signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Phillies before this season.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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